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Old 06-11-2015, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Is the Iowa Straw Poll dead? - CNNPolitics.com

Granted, I don't think Iowa is in any significant threat of losing its caucus anytime soon, but it looks like the GOP is re-evaluating their position due to recent performances in the state. Granted, Iowa has had quite a bit of success with the Democrats, so it looks like they'll continue to campaign there for a while, but it's looking like more and more Republicans are taking their campaign efforts elsewhere because Iowa no longer reliably picks GOP candidates.

Part of that might be because Iowa Republicans tend to be somewhat more politically moderate than say, those in South Carolina or even Nevada (two of the other early birds). That is, they won't blindly back the most conservative candidate available like they would in the South or West. Another part is that Iowa simply isn't a reliably Republican state, period. It's very much a purple state, possibly ever-so-slightly bluer than red (the Republican West is bleeding population, but the central and eastern part of the state is growing).
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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It been said, Iowa doesn't pick who is going to be President, just who is not going to be.

I disagree with your analysis on why the fate of the straw poll is in doubt.

What is occurring in Iowa is the same thing Republicans are seeing across the country. It is a struggle between the establishment wing of the R's vs the conservative and more libertarian base.

To cut the the chase. Gov Branstad is an establishment R and carries a lot of power in this state. He stated in 2012 he thought it was time for the straw poll to go away. Establishment candidates do NOT do well in the IA Straw Poll.

Surprise...surprise, the fate of the straw poll is hanging in the balance and may not take place this year.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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It was just announced this morning that the Iowa Straw Poll is dead. It was nothing but another scam to cover up for all of the corruption of the 2 major political parties.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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I'm not saying whether or not I agree with you but it would be helpful if you gave some context, such as supporting facts or an explanation of your choice to use the words "scam" & "cover up" as descriptions of the straw poll in the your earlier post.
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Old 06-12-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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yeah...cpat's comment makes little sense. Like the straw poll or not, it have grassroots organizers more of a say in the process and lessen the power of the establishment political elites. That is why Jeb Bush pulled out almost immediately.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:26 AM
 
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It was just announced this morning that the Iowa Straw Poll is dead. It was nothing but another scam to cover up for all of the corruption of the 2 major political parties.
Scam? Not really. The straw poll is more like a meaningless popularity contest by one party (the GOP) in one state (Iowa) to burnish its credentials for having a first-in-the-nation caucus. This isn't some vast conspiracy by both parties to fool the American voter. That's what the Wall Street banking establishment does, not the Iowa Straw Poll.

So, yes, you are correct about both parties scamming the American voter. Unfortunately, you're barking up the wrong tree by singling out the straw poll. The Iowa GOP Straw Poll has become a running joke in recent elections, and its nice to see it finally go away.

Now if we could just get money out of politics altogether, the working class might actually reclaim their voice in our political system. Ah, what a nice dream that is.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Indeed ^^^ but only a pipedream at this moment in time, unfortunately.
Well said though!
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